We make Artificial Intelligence tangible for you. The German edition of the MIT Technology Review has been reporting on new developments in this field for years. In 2013 we have already launched the question: "Computers do the work, what do we do?” Now at our “Innovators Summit AI”, we bring together relevant experts from business and science to explore the real potential of this new technology in comprehensive lectures, real case studies and inspiring workshops.

We believe that AI will change almost every business field - from automotive industry to medical industry to logistics. But we also know that their true potential is still overestimated while underestimated at the same time. Overrated because technology is reaching its limits. Underestimated, because the existing AI systems already mean major changes for individual companies and whole industries .The key questions are: Where is technology moving to? What about the relevant business model? How far is the competition?

Good answers seem rare. For this reason, the Technology Review editorial team has launched the "Innovators Summit AI".

Date: 20/21 November 2018    /    registration fee: € 799.00    /    City: Munich


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What the "Innovators Summit AI" offers

Overview and outlook

Top-class scientists present the current state of AI research, explain the important technologies in the field of artificial intelligence including their advantages and disadvantages and answer the question: For which application is which technology suitable? Which further developments are to be expected where?

Applications and business models

With AlphaGo's victory over the world's best Go player at the latest, it is clear what potential Artificial Intelligence theoretically has. However, it is much less clear which applications result from this. In concrete case studies, startups and established companies explain how to use AI profitably, what implementation means for an organization, where the pitfalls and opportunities are waiting.

Cross-innovation and inspiration

Learn from other industries. Because with artificial intelligence in particular, the similarities between the different markets are greater than the differences. The combination of lectures and workshops gives you excellent opportunities to network and exchange ideas.


Do you have any questions regarding the event? Please do not hesitate to contact me!

Svenja Goltz, Event-Manager //

Our expectations for the participants


Discuss your challenges, solution ideas and strategic considerations with like-minded people and experts of your professional level. So they come up with ideas and approaches that will help you.


We bring together people who care about Artificial Intelligence, working with great energy on applications for tomorrow. Professional moderators lead the workshops and lead the discussions to a meaningful result.

Programme: Innovators Summit - AI

Day 1 (20 November 2018)

Session 1: From Natural to Artificial Intelligence

9:00 am    Registration

9:30 am    Keynote speech How Artificial Intelligence changes business processes and what it means for people // Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster, Chairman of the Management Board and Technical-Scientific Director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH

10:00 am  Partner-Keynote

10:20 am  Talk - Advancing AI: What current brain research teaches us // Moritz Helmstaedter, Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

Current machine learning techniques like Deep Learning are based on brain research done in the 60ies of the last century. Now, new research is well on the way to bringing AI to the next level. Especially revealing the connectome, how brain cells are connected to each other, will bring fundamental new insights. Moritz Helmstaedter is at the forefront of this research and will talk about the road to a much more human like AI.

10:40 am   Coffee break

Session 2: From Analytics to automated Decisions

11:00 am    Talk - Are AI systems ready for automated decisions? // Prof.Damian Borth, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, University of St.Gallen (HSG)

Computers can easily be misled into making mistakes: They recognize gibbons in pictures showing a panda, or they classify a turtle as a gun. Researchers succeed in doing this by inserting tiny changes into the images that are invisible to the human eye - so-called adversarial attacks. What is with panda's gimmick can become deadly serious in autonomous driving. Moreover, these errors are by no means limited to image recognition. They can occur in almost any machine learning application, from production data analysis to speech recognition. This can turn automatically made decisions into serious misconclusions. The lecture shows how today's AI systems make decisions, which problems arise from them - and how they can be avoided.

11:20 am    Case studies - Automated decision systems 

  • Peter Gocke, CDO Charité
  • Overcoming the savant-syndrome // Tom Krause, CTO Cargonexx

12:00 pm    Lunch break

Session 3: From Man to Machine

1:30 pm    Talk - The bridge between natural and artificial intelligence // Prof. Sami Haddadin, founding Director of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, founder Franka Emika GmbH, winner of the German Future Prize 2017

Man and machine are moving closer together than ever before, artificial and natural intelligence are increasingly forming a system. Examples range from soft robotics in industrial production to chat bots, automated decisions and autonomous cars. The great danger is therefore not the fight between man and machine - but that of man and machine. Poorly thought-out interfaces between artificial and natural intelligence can lead in the harmless case to misunderstandings, in the worst case to serious wrong decisions and accidents. Anyone who knows the limits of current AI systems and the fundamental differences between machine and human intelligence can evade them - and develop systems that really help people.

1:50 pm    Case Studies - Interface Solutions 

  • Moritz Tenorth, CTO Magazino
  • Disappearing User Interfaces? Advancing the Transition from Traditional to Truly Conversational Human-Machine-Interaction // Dr. Norbert Pfleger, CEO SemVox
  • Peter Klingspor, CEO Precire

2:30 pm    Coffee break

Session 4: From Technology to Strategy

3:30 pm    Talk - A strategic view on AI // Andreas Liebl, Managing Director of applied AI, UnternehmerTUM

Artificial intelligence as the final goal of machine learning is a remarkable technological advancement. It's implementation and capabilities however have strategic implications for companies. Business models will change and the challenges companies face on their path to AI adoption are unique. Andreas Liebl and his team have developed and tested a strategy framework to take the challenges on our way into the AI age. In his talk he moves from the technological argument towards an economic view and strategic questions.

3:50 pm    Partner Keynote

4:10 pm    Case Studies - Industrial Automation 

  • AI is not a product, it is a feature // Jackson Bond, Co-Founder, Chief Industry Evangelist, New Business relayr

Becoming an AI-powered company is useless - unless you know exactly, what AI should do to your business outcomes. Implementing it means focussing on the results and not on the technology itself, and understanding that AI is just one part of a larger package. Jackson Bond will highlight cases from engineering companies, showing what it means to implement AI enabled solutions in industrial processes - and how you know if you need it.

5:10 pm    Talk - What´s next? How Machine Learning on Quantum Computers will power the future // Andy Mason, D-Wave Systems Ltd.

Under specific circumstances, Quantum Computers are millions of times faster than any classical computer. D-Wave, the Pioneer in this field, already showed together with Volkswagen, that its machines can simulate city traffic, forecasting traffic jams and solving the complex problem of finding the perfect route. Now it works on applying machine learning algorithms to its quantum computers. What will this mean for the future of AI?

5:30 pm     Networking & Winter BBQ

Day 2 (21 November 2018)

9:00 am - 3:00 pm    Workshop series in Cooperation with appliedAI

We transform the sometimes theoretical and hard to grasp domain of AI into a hands-on exploration of technological capabilities and business models. Together with experts from industry and academia you will explore the building blocks of AI and discuss their implications. There are 3 different workshops, each organized in 4 parallel groups, so you won´t miss anything.

Session 1: Hands-on

9:00 am      Machine vision applications / Machine vision hands-on (4 Groups)

10:30 am    Language applications / Language hands-on (4 Groups)

12:00 pm    Coffee Break with Snacks 

Session 2: Strategy

1:00 pm      AI value chain and vision / AI positioning and prioritization (4 Groups)

3:00 pm      Ending notes, Snacks & Networking

Partners: Innovators Summit - AI

Organisation partner

appliedAI is one of the largest ai application initiatives with the aim to lift Germany into the AI age by accelerating the adoption of ai technology. It is part of UnternehmerTUM, one of the largest non-profit innovation and entrepreneurship centers in Europe, together with leading public sector, industry and tech players. Combining corporate experience, entrepreneurship, latest research, and creative mindset.


adesso is one of the leading independent IT service providers in the German-speaking region and concentrates on the core business processes of companies with consulting and individual software development. The strategy of adesso is based on three pillars: comprehensive industry know-how of the employees, a broad, manufacturer-neutral technological competence and proven methods for the implementation of software projects. The results are IT solutions that make companies more competitive. Our core sectors include insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services, healthcare, lotteries, energy supply, public administration, automotive, transport and commerce. adesso was founded in 1997. With more than 2,800 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 321.6 million in 2017, adesso Group is one of the largest German IT service companies.

You are also interested in a partnership and would like further information on sponsoring?

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Sales Manager Technology Review
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